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    The Most Beautiful American Bible Ever Printed

    [Barry Moser]. The Holy Bible. West Hatfield, Massachusetts: Pennyroyal Caxton Press, 1999.

    One of 400 copies on Zerkall Bible paper, out of a total edition of 430 copies. Two folio volumes. Illustrated with relief engravings.

    Full vellum over boards, title stamped in gilt on the front board and spine, each volume housed in a fall-back case.

    The text for the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible follows the classic King James, or "Authorized" version, first published in 1611. The type is Galliard, designed by Matthew Carter, and the type pages are composed and printed by Bradley Hutchinson of Digital Letterpress in Austin, Texas. Mr. Hutchinson has rendered the computer-generated type into polymer printing plates and printed them letterpress, combining tradition with modern technology. The paper is Zerkall Bible, manufactured especially for this project and bearing the unique watermark of the Pennyroyal Caxton Press. The bindings are executed by the combined studios of Claudia Cohen and Sarah Creighton, of Easthampton, Massachusetts. Barry Moser's Pennyroyal Press is considered one of the most outstanding private presses of the second half of the twentieth century, and has won much acclaim for its productions of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and many others. Mr. Moser brought the experience of thirty years of engraving to bear on his illustrations for the Bible, the first edition in this century in which both the Old and the New Testaments are illustrated by a single artist. Working with a new medium known as resingrave, Mr. Moser has cut over 235 stunning illustrations which rank among his finest, and overseen the integration of these engravings into a seamless whole, what he has termed the "struggle to engage not only a sacred text but the greatest monument of our language; to grapple with typography and images befitting such sanctity and monumentality; and to wrestle with the devils and angels that reside therein." This book undoubtedly ranks among the greatest achievements of twentieth century fine bookmaking. Its attention to detail and its combination of artwork and typography merge to create not only a book with beautiful illustrations but a beautiful work of art as a whole, filled with "reverence, devotion, and a sense of awe and mystery."

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